Jessica Ettinger

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Jessica Ettinger (born June 9, 1965 in Lansing, New York) is an American journalist and broadcaster. Her recorded voice is heard by millions of New Yorkers each day announcing stops on the New York City Subway, particularly on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4 5 6 <6> trains).[1]

As Jessica Wade,[2] she is the most-listened-to Female Country Radio Air Talent in North America, and has been a weekday personality on The Highway (Sirius XM)'s New Country channel 59 since 2004. As of spring 2013, Sirius XM had 25 million subscribers.[3]

Subway voice[edit]

Since recording the subway stops for the IRT Lexington Avenue Line's 4 5 6 <6> trains in the late 1990s, Ettinger has garnered a cult following. Time Out New York magazine called her an "Indoor Stimulant" in its "Horny New York" issue.[4]

Career[edit]

Jessica Ettinger's first on-air appearance was as a teenage host on WHCU-FM, Ithaca, New York, and by sixteen she had anchored her first radio newscast on WHCU-AM. By seventeen, Ettinger was a reporter and news anchor at WTKO-AM, Ithaca. As an undergraduate student at Cornell University, Ettinger spent four years at WVBR-FM; her final two years as its Program Director. As a senior in 1987, Ettinger won an IRTS Fellowship,[5] and a job as the music director and weekend air talent for NBC's WYNY-FM in New York City. A year later she joined ABC's WPLJ-FM as its music director.[6] It was during this time that Ettinger up-ended the top 40 music and radio industry by playing a song that was unavailable in the US at the time, by an unsigned artist. Ettinger created a "mystery artist" promotion; and later had her air talent reveal the song "Soldier of Love" by Donny Osmond, which became a hit and re-launched his career in the process.[7] Ettinger also spent time an air personality at New York's top-rated WLTW "Lite" FM.

In 1993, after a meeting with Michael Bloomberg, Ettinger joined Bloomberg, L.P. as a news anchor for his newly acquired WBBR-AM. She spent the next 11 years with the company and helped launch Bloomberg Television as an original news anchor, and is pictured in "Bloomberg By Bloomberg," Michael Bloomberg's 2001 autobiography.[8] While at Bloomberg Television and Radio, she anchored wall to wall coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks from Bloomberg's midtown Manhattan studios. Ettinger became among the first of a number of employees who attended graduate school while working full-time for Michael Bloomberg, who paid for her education. Ettinger earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2002.[9]

In 2004 Ettinger joined CBS-owned 1010 WINS, New York, as a news anchor, the same year she joined Sirius Satellite Radio as an air personality on its popular "New Country" channel. In 2006 she was asked to participate in a side project at Sirius; the creation of Howard 100 News, ahead of the arrival of Howard Stern. Using the name "Erica Phillips," Ettinger was an original Howard 100 News Anchor and later became the Howard 100 News Director. She also spent time in Talk Radio as the Program Director and Managing Editor of Martha Stewart Living Radio at Sirius.

In 2008 Ettinger moved to Seattle and joined 710 KIRO-AM, and Newstalk 97.3 KIRO-FM as a news anchor and talk host where she used the name Jessica Gottesman, [10] and worked with Dori Monson, Dave Ross, and the Ron & Don Show. She was also heard on The Bob Rivers Show, on KZOK-FM.

A 2012 return to New York City brought her back to CBS and Anchor work at 1010 WINS, as well as the host of the 1010 WINS "Open For Business" reports; a post-Hurricane Sandy series.[11] Ettinger added duties as a contributor to Billboard.com and Billboard.biz, where she covers music and various industry issues. [12] She also continues to be heard daily as Jessica Wade on SiriusXM's "The Highway" hit New Country channel, and SiriusXM's "Prime Country" channel.[13]

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